A Family of Kings: The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark

A Family of Kings: The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark

Theo Aronson / May 20, 2019

A Family of Kings The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark In Queen Victoria decreed that Edward Prince of Wales should marry Princess Alexandra daughter of the obscure and unsophisticated heir to the Danish throne The beauty grace and charm of Prin

  • Title: A Family of Kings: The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark
  • Author: Theo Aronson
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  • In 1863, Queen Victoria decreed that Edward, Prince of Wales, should marry Princess Alexandra, daughter of the obscure and unsophisticated heir to the Danish throne The beauty, grace and charm of Prince Christian s daughter had prevailed over the Queen s intense dislike of the Danish royal house, and had even persuaded the embarrassingly difficult Bertie to agree to the mIn 1863, Queen Victoria decreed that Edward, Prince of Wales, should marry Princess Alexandra, daughter of the obscure and unsophisticated heir to the Danish throne The beauty, grace and charm of Prince Christian s daughter had prevailed over the Queen s intense dislike of the Danish royal house, and had even persuaded the embarrassingly difficult Bertie to agree to the match Thus began the fairy tale saga of a family that handed on its good looks, unaffectedness, and democratic manners to almost every royal house of modern Europe For, in the year that Alexandra became Princess of Wales, her brother Willie was elected King of the Hellenes her father at last succeeded to the Danish throne her sister Dagmar was soon to become wife of the future Tsar Alexander III of Russia and her youngest sister Thyra later married the de jure King of Hanover A Family of Kings is the story of the crowned children and grandchildren of Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark, focusing on the half century before the First World War It is an intimate, domestic study of a close knit family, the individual personalities, and the courts to which they came Without doubt, the chic and beautiful Alexandra epitomized the spectacular flowering of the Danish dynasty and just as she brought an unprecedented popularity to the sobriety of the English court, so her brothers and sisters helped enliven the staid European scene The outstanding success of Theo Aronson s previous book, Grandmama of Europe, confirms his reputation as a chronicler of the fortunes of Europe s ruling houses A Family of Kings bears the hallmark of the author s remarkable talent, and provides a fascinating evocation of the splendour and extravagance, and not infrequent tragedy, of nineteenth and twentieth century royalty.

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      • Theo Aronson

        Theo Aronson is an historical biographer specialising in the Royal Houses of Europe Among his many widely read books are The Golden Bees The Story of the Bonapartes, Grandmama of Europe and Royal Family Years of Transition His books have been published in Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland and Belgium.Theo Aronson lives in an eighteenth century stone house in Frome, Somerset.


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    1. (This is actually a trade paperback edition, but the database won't let me make one. Sigh. So it goes)A very readable, if somewhat erratic look at the Danish Royal family, and who begat who, who married who, and who started the wars. Published back in the 1970's, it is dated in spots, but very readable, and considering how little tends to be written about the Danes, full of little insights and new stories. I give it four out of five starts and a recommendation. For the longer review, please go h [...]


    2. Good but (sort of) RecycledIt's certainly worth it if you're interested in late nineteenth/early twentieth century royal families. That such a relatively unimportant (in terms of political importance) country and family had such a far-flung impact on so many other countries is truly unexpected. And they certainly did. My one caveat is that, if you've read other books by Theo Aronson, many of the anecdotes are repeated but I guess that unavoidable.


    3. Theo Aronson's books are, of course, royal history and, therefore, the social and political background is often not given enough attention. I found this was particularly the case in this book when it came to the wars over Schleswig and Holstein, the discussion of the Greek situation, and many other historical issues. More was definitely needed to add depth to the book. But, if you are a fan of royal history than this book will not disappoint. King Christian's "dynasty" rivals and perhaps surpass [...]


    4. Not bad. Not brilliant either.It desperately needs some updates, it still mentions ex-King Juan Carlos of Spain as a pretendant to the throne and Baldouin as the current Belgian King.


    5. If Queen Victoria is the Grandmother of all Europe, then Christian IX of Denmark is the grandfather. His descendants covered as many thrones as did Victoria's but his name is less known. One of his sons was the King of Greece, one of his daughters married Alexander III of Russia and was the mother of the tragic Nicholas II, his eldest daughter became the Queen of England after Victoria's death, his grandson and granddaughter (cousins) became the first King and Queen of Norway after its breakaway [...]


    6. An interesting, well written history of the large and influential family raised by King Christian IX of Denmark (1863-1906) and his remarkable, brilliant wife, Queen Louise. This is a relatively easy and enjoyable historical study based upon already published sources. The author writes well and the book is a non-scholarly study that breaks little, if any new ground. The most serious deficiency of this book is its lack of an index. Historical studies dealing with hundreds of historical figures an [...]


    7. I enjoy reading Aronson's work, but he also annoys me. There's lots of contradictions in his work (describing someone as both shrewd and unintellectual/unintelligent comes to mind). There's also a lot of fawning over certain personages who I find keen targets for dislike.That said, it's hard not to be drawn in by the gossip and the affection for the cast of characters, and this did help me sort out some of the minor royal personages in late Victorian/Edwardian England and how their relationships [...]


    8. As generally agreed, this book is very readable and delightful. The author certainly values the virtues that made King Christian IX's descendants so successful and popular, though he also makes it clear that those are mainly family-oriented. The descendants of the King could make admirable sovereigns in good times but not so ready for turbulence and could not always appreciate the reality and the changing mood of their subjects. Though this is a biography instead of a history book, as the author [...]


    9. Much like Queen Victoria, whose off springs married into the royal families of Europe, King Christian IX did the same. He produced queens, empresses, kings and starting from mid 1800's through the the first world war who ruled on two continents. His decendantsseven continue rule as monarchs even into the 21st century in many European countries though no longer autocrats.I found this an book easy read and would recommend it as a good book to get an overview, however slight of history of European [...]


    10. Another great one!Very engaging. The use of royal nicknames makes it so much easier to follow. Easier, but by no means easy. I find having a genealogy table handy helps immensely. If you are reading on a kindle a separate source of tables helps. It can be distracting leaving a page to double check a name or relationship. I will continue to read other books by Mr Aronson. I would highly recommend. Gbash


    11. A very interesting account of the King of Denmark and his descendants who became monarchs of many of the European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Worth reading for those with an interest in European history.


    12. I really liked this book. It was a lot better than Grandmama of Europe. It was very informative though some of the information was dated (like about ex-King Juan Carlos not being king yet).





    13. A part of royal history I know so little about so good to read. A bit light on detail but overall worth the read.


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